June 29, 2023, marked the beginning of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s Sister Cities Partnership. The partnership established the 11th Sister City for Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation.

From New Mexico Trade Alliance, Celeste Nuñez:

Congratulations to the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kharkiv, Ukraine on becoming Sister Cities! We couldn’t have been prouder to have played a role in the establishment of this relationship.

In our capacity as foreign relations advisors to the City of Albuquerque, we were at the table supporting the City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department, Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation, and Sister Cities International in coordinating all the necessary steps to make this formal relationship a reality. 

Citizen diplomacy was born in the wake of World War II to empower peacemaking at the grassroots level. The war in Ukraine has reminded us of the importance of these efforts.We’re  inspired by Albuquerque’s leadership in answering the call for humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.